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Kidnapped priest released in Syria

January 05, 2016

A Catholic priest who was abducted in Syria on December 23 has been released.

Father Dhiya Azziz, who was seized as he returned to his parish in Yakubiya after visiting relatives in Turkey, was set free on Monday evening, January 4. In announcing his release, the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land declined to provide any details, citing “confidentiality reasons.”

Earlier, Church spokesmen had said that Father Azziz was likely being held by an Islamic rebel group. His parish is situated in an area held by rebels. In fact Father Azziz had been kidnapped previously, in July, and held briefly by Islamic militants before he managed to escape.

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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Jan. 06, 2016 6:04 PM ET USA

    What a roller coaster. What's next for this poor fellow?